Our Advent Calendar

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My students this semester are all Christian, celebrate Christmas, and want to learn more about how Christmas is celebrated in the United States. This calendar gives me the opportunity to share with them many cultural icons and traditions, also facilitating conversation. The website I used, AdventMyFriend, makes it easy to fill each date with your choice of “gifts,” and gives you some hints as to what you can do to personalize it for your friends, family, or students!

Click on the link to access my calendar, and then click on the dates as the month progresses. https://adventmyfriend.com/20138/62c2a98120/?embed I hope you enjoy it.

Merry Christmas to all!

My Family’s Thanksgiving Celebration

For beginning level students, a Google Slide presentation of regular verb activities we do to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family. (You might want to add a slide, “We watch football games!) Use the language prompts to generate conversation. (Who cooks at your house? Do you cook? What do you cook? Does your husband cook? What does he cook? Do your children cook, too? What do they cook? What time do you cook? Etc. Don’t forget to have your students ask you questions.  (Be sure to include negative questions and responses as well as short answers to the students’ questions.)

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Veterans Day – A Tribute to The American Soldier

I found this lovely video tribute to the American Soldier online which seemed like an appropriate way to say happy Veteran’s Day to those serving our country in the military and to their families! We remember and honor your service with respect and gratitude. Be safe wherever you are!

Happy Halloween!

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Labor Day in the U.S.A. and Canada

Labor Day.pngDo your students know why they don’t have classes on Labor Day? They may appreciate their day off more if they know the history of the holiday here in the United States. Unionizing has been in the news a lot in the United States in the past few years. This could be a great discussion topic in your classes. I hope this exercise will help generate that conversation whether it is managed as a classroom activity or assigned to the students individually.

Students working independently should click on this EDpuzzle link to watch the video about Labor Day with the accompanying oral questions. They will have to stop the video from time to time or the oral questions will overlap with the video’s audio. Next, have the students look at the questions and the directions for each on the Google Form below. Then, when they are ready, they should play the video again and answer the oral questions, stopping and starting the video as necessary or as assigned.

My Thanksgiving Tribute to Technology

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I am grateful for…

  1. …Facebook, Skype, email and instant messaging which have made communication with my friends and family wherever they are fun, cheap, and easy. No more goodbyes but rather “talk to you soon!”
  2. …Google for giving me access to all the information I could possibly need or want, and for making it easier and easier to find the answers to my questions.
  3. …storage clouds like Dropbox, iCloud, and Google Drive for helping me to keep my computer clean and share information with family and colleagues easily.
  4. …iTunes, Pandora, and YouTube for free access to my musical life support.
  5. …Snapchat for showing me the silly side of my adult children.
  6. …iMovie for helping me make movies I am proud of without a great deal of technical knowledge.
  7. …iPhone for letting me carry my computer and data with me wherever I go, and for waking me up on time!
  8. …Prezi and Power Point for being the tools I use most for my presentations, and Pear Deck and Nearpod for making my presentations more accessible and interactive for my students.
  9. …Twitter and my ever-growing and ever-changing PLN for being constant sources of information and professional development.
  10. And lastly, I am grateful for my family and their patience and encouragement as I learn to use the new technologies and share what I learn with my local and global colleagues and students.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Teaching the history of Thanksgiving with Pear Deck

Click on the picture for a very complete lesson from Pear Deck, which teaches the history of Thanksgiving while developing all the major language skills. Many of the writing exercises could be done orally individually or with partners.